Sunday, January 04, 2009

REVIEW: Slumdog Millionaire

Here it is: THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. Benjamin Button was superb, but this is actually better. I'm quite surprised to be saying that. What a wonderful time to be a movie fan...

The story follows two brothers (and a friend) from one of Bombay's worst slums through the early years of their lives until they become young men. They come from the humblest and sometimes horrible circumstances, struggling just to get by. As Bombay itself is transformed into India's economic center, the brothers find themselves in changing circumstances, and not always for the better.

One of the brothers, who ends up as a contestant on India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, pursues their childhood friend, who disappeared first as a young girl and later as a young woman.

I'm not even coming close to doing the story justice.

The characters are great. The story is gripping. The performances are compelling. The photography and direction are spot-on. See it.

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